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Old 09-24-10, 08:30 AM   #1
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Malnutrition is a common cause and consequence of illness. By some estimates, as many as 20% of patients in hospitals are malnourished. A poorly nourished brain can cause a person to experience depression and mood swings that interfere with functioning. A new study from Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital has found that Vitamin C administration in those who are deficient can cause a significant and rapid improvement in the emotional state of acutely hospitalized patients.
Vitamin C and Vitamin D Deficiencies Both Linked to Psychological Abnormalities

Dr. L. John Hoffer MD PhD, an investigator at Jewish General Hospital affiliate Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, randomly assigned admitted patients to receive either vitamin C or vitamin D supplements for seven to ten days. Those given vitamin C had a “rapid and statistically and clinically significant improvement in mood state” which did not occur with vitamin D.

Dr. Hoffer says that earlier studies indicate that about “one in five acute-care patients in the hospital have vitamin C levels so low as to be compatible with scurvy. Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and vitamin D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities.”
The brain is the second biggest body user of vitamin C. The nutrient aids in tissue growth and repair and in the production of neurotransmitters, particularly norepinephrine which is critical for both function and mood.

Dr. Hoffer adds that the treatment is “safe, simple, and cheap, and could have major clinical practice implications.”


Adults are recommended by the National Academy of Sciences to consume at least 75-90 milligrams of vitamin C each day through food or supplement sources. For those clinically deficient, the upper tolerable level for adults is 2000 milligrams per day, but large doses may cause indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea.

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I knew it! I always thought vitamins had a definite impact on mind-set. I was taking vitamins religiously and then decided to stop. And then I hit a major months long depression that is now classified as BiPolar II. I bet it was the vitamin stopping that did it. Thanks for the info.
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This is actually a very interesting piece of information and I had not heard that vitamin C deficiency can be linked to depression or can make current depression worse but it does make sense that properly taking care of the body and making sure that we are getting all of our nutritional needs will ensure that we are in tip-top shape. I remember reading that Vitamin E and especially Vitamin B12 deficiency is a cause of depression and a few other mental illnesses and by making sure that we are taking our daily intake of them it will ease depression. Thank you once again for the info.
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I see so many of these "OMG SCIENTISTS HAVE LINKED SOMETHING TERRIBLE TO SOMETHING REALLY BASIC AND SIMPLE" articles they really tire me. I'm sorry if you're some amazing scientist that has spent an amazing amount of time doing research into the most narrow fields, and have an amazing revelation for us all, but I just don't believe it's that easy.

But, I guess orange juice is pretty nice anyway.
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But, I guess orange juice is pretty nice anyway.
totally I'm gonna take this as good reason for some excessive consumption.
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I wonder what percentage of depressed patients are actually deficient in vitamin C. I suspect it is pretty low, as from my understanding, vitamin deficiencies aren't very common in developed countries.

I would also note that depression symptoms have hundreds of correlations and aren't all that difficult to alleviate with placebos especially in milder cases.
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Actually, in the U.S., up to 17% of men and 12% of women get below the 75-90 mg minimum of vitamin C. (I looked it up)

A good article supporting the mood benefits of vitamin C is right here:

Food and Behaviour Research: 24 Sep 2010 - Nutraingredients - Vitamin C may improve mood: Study
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That is an interesting article and it would seem that they addressed the placebo issue. Unfortunately my University doesn't subscribe to "Nutrition" and I couldn't find a free online source, so I can't read about their selection criteria or methodology in general.

It makes you dizzy trying to keep up with everything that is correlated with depression and holds some promise to alleviate it as well as the many hypotheses for what causes it - and I'm someone who is actually moderately informed though no expert!
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The people who make these articles are so strange. They are so simple and all the theories are stuff that don't really need to be experimented with to prove.

I get depressed during the winter months - vitamin D deficiency. I take multivits all the time, and fish oil tablets both of which contain 100% vitamin D. I may feel depressed but I am at least positive about it. Problem is I am still demotivated.
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Mental illness in ordinary people is usually a vitamin defiiciency of some sort.

It is more likely a person is missing COMPLEX B VITAMINS and vitamin D from sunshine too. But in scandanavian countries and cold countries, they consume a lot of fish and therefore take in a higher dose of omega 3 and have lower rates of depression and healthier lifestyles. So we only need a small amount of vitamin d but we need it.
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